[ noun ] a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
Used in print(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)
In a sample of new members of Pittsburgh churches , almost 60 per_cent were recruited by initial `` contacts with friendly members '' .(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
Each person was to enter the testing_room , carrying a suitcase of samples .(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)
The differentiation however is not very_much greater , as shown by the fact that Athabascan shows 3.46 stems per meaning slot as against 2.75 for Yokuts , with a slightly greater number of languages represented in our sample : 24 as against 21 .
[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) items selected from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
Used in print(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)
They discovered that , although 42 per_cent of a sample of Catholic students and 15 per_cent of the Protestants believed it important to live in accordance with the teachings of their religion , only 8 per_cent of the Jewish students had this conviction .(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)
In_order to equate the samples on socioeconomic status , we chose schools in both cities on the basis of socioeconomic status of the neighborhoods .
For purposes of sample selection only ( individual tests were given later ) we obtained group test scores of reading achievement and intelligence from school records of the entire third grade population in each school_system .
Children whose reading scores were at_least one standard_deviation below the regression_line of each total third grade school population were considered under-achievers for the purposes of sample selection .
The final sample was not significantly different from a normal_distribution in regard_to reading achievement or intelligence_test scores .
[ verb ] take a sample of
"Try these new crackers" "Sample the regional dishes"
Used in print(The Miami Herald...)
( Which is understandable - if you 've ever sampled the exotic , peppery fare ) .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
The last program of_this festival , which during two_weeks had sampled most compositional categories , brought the Cologne_Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester and Rundfunkchor to Bonn 's gold-filled hall for a performance of the Missa_Solemnis .(Frank Lorimer, Demographic Information on...)
Higher proportions were sampled in urban and mixed communities than in rural_areas .
[ adjective ] serving as typical examples
"a sample question"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 2212